750,000 pass-through small businesses in the top two tax brackets. higher taxes hurt these small companies by taking away capital that they need to grow and to add jobs. in maine, there are numerous small businesses that would be hurt by this tax increase. one is d.n.g. machine products, a precision design, machining and fabrication operation located in west brook, maine, founded in 1967, this company now has more than 130 highly skilled and dedicated employees. when i visited this company in august, the owner, dwayne gushey, expressed to me his concerns about the impact that higher taxes would have on his growing business. he explained that d.n.g.